Buffa's Bar & Restaurant On the Border of the Quarter since 1939

The Royal Rounders

Every Saturday at 8PM

Traditional New Orleans Jazz played Untraditionally
The Rounders play a raucous mixture of Blues, New Orleans Jazz, R&B, and the odd Tom Waits song, Caribbean dance beat or 60/s pop tune. Whatever the song, no matter how old, they bring it new life. Like Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino, they raid the New Orleans songbook and polish off the gems in a high-energy performance that just makes you want to dance, shake and sway all night long.

Royal Rounders band leader David “DR” Roe has logged millions of touring miles, from Singapore to Cape Cod, has played in Rock, Country, Blues, Wedding, Ethnic, Folk, Jazz and whatever bands that could sustain a musician who really just wanted to play the joyous songs from the American South; Ragtime from the Carolina Piedmont, Memphis Jug Band, Delta Blues and Traditional Jazz from the Big Easy. When playing solo, he accompanies himself on piano, keyboard rig, his vintage Martin ukulele or the Guild guitar he has carried since 1974.

DR was born in Nurenburg Germany in 1957. Christmas 1963, he figured out how to play The First Noel on the piano. By 1968 he was also playing guitar, spurred on by his father’s music collection that ranged from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong and Pearl Bailey to Joan Baez, Dave van Ronk, Dylan, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly and Josh White. His childhood was a mixture of deep-rooted family farm life in upstate New York and a nomadic military life that included stints in Kansas, Virginia and Hawaii.

In the mid 70’s he arrived in New Orleans and began fronting The Halfway to Nowhere Band, formed at the corner of St. Peter and Royal in the French Quarter and forged in an apartment above Tipitinas. The 80’s found DR crisscrossing the country with Renaissance Faires and Irish Trad Rock bands, Celtic Stone and Napper Tandy. In the 90’s you could hear him fronting The Royal Rounders on Royal Street and Jackson Square, and at clubs, music festivals bars and coffeehouses in New Orleans and around the world.

DR has written songs, and acted as music director for The Hanlon-Lees ActionTheater, Renaissance Faires, Conventions, Recordings, Industrials, and when the muse is in the room. With Patti McKenny he wrote songs and sketches for three seasons of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion.


Leader albums - David Roe & The Royal Rounders
Works with Chris Chandler
  • 2006 American Storyteller
  • 2007 American Storyteller 3 & 4
David Roe as sideman
  • 1990 Celtic Stone (Digital Flashbacks)
  • 1996 Sing We Enchanted (Jim Hancock)
  • 2007 My Whole World Grows (Nicole Whimsey)
  • 2008 For All His Weaqlth (Janet Bates)
  • 2008 Love Flows Down (Eliza Carney)


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Artist Link on iTunes (David Roe & The Royal Rounders)